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15th Annual IDAHOT Breakfast, a benefit for QMUNITY SOLD OUT!!!


Friday, 17 May 2019 from 6:45 AM to 9:00 AM (PDT)

15th Annual IDAHOT Breakfast, a benefit for QMUNITY...

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Support QMUNITY at the 15th annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) breakfast, presented by Vancity and a benefit for QMUNITY.

  • Doors open: 6:45 am
  • Program: 7:00 am to 9:00 am

Since 2004, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia breakfast attracts an enthusiastic crowd of community, business, and political leaders. IDAHOT continues to hold a place of prominence on Vancouver’s community calendar. With an official proclamation from the City of Vancouver, movers and shakers from many different organizations, corporations, and sectors celebrate and commit to the life-changing work QMUNITY undertakes.

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Title: Better Lives - LGBTQ2S+

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Keynote Speaker: Meera Dhebar (she/her/hers)

As Clinical Supervisor I am tasked with the responsibility of ensuring queer, trans and non-binary people are able to access appropriate counselling that will contribute to their spiritual, emotional and psychological healing. I constantly strive to build the capacity and scope not just of our program, but of our skilled and dedicated team of queer, trans and non-binary counsellors. I’ve been a practicing social worker in community-based organizations, since 1995. Originally from Toronto, I moved to Vancouver in 2012. I was moved by the tremendous beauty of the west coast and opened myself up to new possibilities in this land of the Coast Salish Territories. As a queer, settler, cis woman whose family immigrated here from India, I had always been curious about how race and queerness come together (or don’t).

I was hired to supervise Qmunity’s counselling program in 2013 and was immediately moved by the tremendous need and resilience our community members were bringing. Inspired to improve the program’s capacity, I trained in narrative therapy and moved towards opening my own private practice. As I developed my therapeutic skills, my supervision skills also improved. The thing is, working in this queer context was incredibly powerful. I was struck by the nature of our language and community and wanted to learn how to centre queerness in all of my work more deeply.

I am now enrolled in a PhD program looking at influences of queerness in therapeutic relationships and therapist identities, integrating perspectives of race, culture, and anti-colonialism. I am very proud to represent Qmunity and continue to build and grow our counselling program. I am also grateful to Qmunity, as their part in hiring me into a small position has led to a career shift down this wonderful path of queer centered counselling.


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Performer: jaye simpson (they/them/theirs)


two wings soaring ikwe of the Buffalo clan otherwise known as jaye simpson is an Oji-Cree Anishinaabe Two Spirit warrior whose roots hail from the Sapotaweyak & Skownan Cree Nations. jaye is a libra sun, sagittarius rising, scorpio moon but delusionally identifies as a scorpio since it’s all over their birth chart (also a former thespian).
jaye holds firm their rage about being a former youth in care, as well as a queer indigenous person & weaves it into poetry, prose & essays. they are published in Poetry Is Dead Issue 17: Coven, This Magazine: September/October 2018,PRISM 57.1: DREAMS & SAD Magazine: Green, GUTS Magazine online blog, with work in the upcoming Room 42.1 Magic issue. they have an upcoming short story in the new Indigenous LGBT Sci-fi anthology, Love After The End with Bedside Press and a piece in Arsenal Pulp Press’ upcoming anthology: Hustling Verse. they have also closed a runway for Evan Ducharme Studio’s HIRAETH 2018.

jaye has also held the title of Kwantlen Polytechnic University Slamapalooza 2017 Champion & was on the Vancouver Slam Poetry 2018 Slam Team which are also National Finalists. jaye is Vancouver Slam Poetry’s 2019 Women of the World Poetry Slam Champion and representative. they are a displaced indigenous person resisting, ruminating and residing on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-waututh), and sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) First Nations territories.

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MC: Charmaine de Silva (she/her/hers)
News Director, NEWS 1130

Charmaine de Silva is not your typical newsroom boss.
A brown-skinned lesbian millennial, Charmaine has spent her career challenging norms in media - and now enjoys blurring the lines between her roles as a journalist and activist.
As News Director of NEWS 1130, Charmaine leads one of Canada's largest local newsrooms.

Prior to that, she was Assistant News Director and a senior investigative reporter at CKNW and spent several years anchoring the news at CBC Radio One across British Columbia.
She has won multiple National Radio Television Digitial News Association awards - most recently for helping shed light on serious flaws in our family justice system.

Charmaine is also a passionate community leader, who serves as Co-Chair of the Vancouver Pride Society. She has been so proud to work with an organization dedicated to creating safe and inclusive events for Vancouver's LGBTQ2+ community.

And just this past year, she joined a Rainbow Refugee fundraising circle - working to bring a mother and her three children to Canada from Central Africa

Charmaine's favourite thing to do with her valuable spare time is to share it with her family. She can often be found roaming the West End with her wife and children. Coffee, wine and cheese help her tackle the challenges of parenting a teenager and a toddler.

Location and Event Accessibility Details

We are pleased to let you know that ASL interpreters can be made available upon request. If you or one of your guests requires ASL interpretation please let us know by Monday, May 7, 2019 and we will ensure you are seated at a table with a clear view of the ASL interpreters.

The Hotel is accessible by elevator as well as by a flight of stairs.

We make an effort to have scent reduced spaces and would ask all attendees to refrain from using perfume or cologne the day of the event.

Please contact us if you have any concerns or needs which we can address.

Land Acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge that this event is taking place on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded homelands of the Musqueam, Skxwú7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples. It is important to recognize this for many reasons; in particular we would like to remember and work against the impacts of historical and ongoing colonial oppressions experienced by Indigenous/Two-Spirit peoples.


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Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
1088 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R9

Friday, 17 May 2019 from 6:45 AM to 9:00 AM (PDT)

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